Many people made the long voyage to the faraway Dutch East Indies for work. Men often travelled ahead, later followed by their wives. Until 1950, the usual mode of travel was by ship, and the journey took several weeks. Most contact with the Netherlands was by sea mail, which also took weeks to arrive. In 1928, the first letters were delivered by air mail; this took ten days. Radio communications and family films were other ways of keeping relatives in the Netherlands informed about life in the colony.

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